Virtual monsters are being discovered hiding around Barnstaple as viral sensation Pokémon Go takes Britain by storm. Fans of the cult 1990s media franchise have been downloading the brand new smartphone game in their droves, with the number of daily users already eclipsing Twitter since the apps launch in America last week and in Britain yesterday (Thursday). New augmented reality technology merges the digital and physical worlds, enabling players to catch Pokémon using their smartphone camera. Many users in Barnstaple have been glued to their mobile screens, with Pokéstops special places to gather supplies in abundance all over the town, including at the Post Office and pannier market. Other places to gather vital Pokémon-catching supplies include the bus station, Christ Church and the Queens Theatre.The central aim of the game remains in its original format - to catch and train Pokémon for battle to progress levels.So-called gyms where gamers can battle others with their Pokémon can be found at a number of locations, including the parish church and Castle Green. In Ilfracombe, Damien Hirsts Verity statue and the Landmark Theatre are among the many gyms listed in the town. Jake Slee, 26, a Pokémon Go fanatic from Barnstaple, said: I can catch an Abra down my road how goods that? Connor Balment, a 16-year-old Pokémon fan from Combe Martin, said: It is great fun to play to be able to walk around and visit places you never been to before. Seeing Pokémon in the real world is something different. However, the game hasnt gone without incident. In America, there have been numerous reports of players injuring themselves while playing the game, including two players who were rescued after walking off a 90ft cliff in California. Childrens charity NSPCC has also warned of the child safety concerns arising through the apps geolocation features. Nonetheless, the reception from fans in the North Devon area has been largely positive. Have you downloaded the app? How many Pokémon have you caught? Email firstname.lastname@example.orgClick here to return to our homepage for more North Devon news.